GLAMR Professional Profile – Amy Walduck

Welcome to the first GLAMR Professional Profile post for 2017!  

In the coming months the ALIA SNGG blog team will showcase GLAMR professionals from all over the country and ask them questions about their careers, what drew them to GLAMR and what advice they have to offer students and new graduates.

Our first GLAMR Professional Profile features the amazing Amy Walduck.  Amy is the ALIA State Manager for Queensland, a librarian with the Government Research and Information Library based at the State Library of Queensland and a member of the NLS8 organising committee.  She is a Twitter extraordinaire, an enthusiastic adopter of technology and a familiar face to many ALIA members in Queensland.  You can follow Amy on Twitter here.

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Melbourne – Romany Manuell’s Silver Pin Celebrations

Attention all Melbourne based Students and New Graduates!

This Thursday one of our finest, Romany Manuell, will be presented with an ALIA Silver Pin in recognition of her many years of service with both the Students and New Graduates Group and the New Graduates Advisory Committee!

Please come along and join the ALIA Students and New Graduates Group in celebrating Romany’s many achievements.

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New year, new ALIA SNGG social media team!

Welcome

The ALIA Students and New Graduates Group would like to introduce our new Social Media team! This team of highly intelligent and interesting volunteers will be working hard to keep you up to date with the latest industry news, cat memes and food for thought.

Meet the new team!

Jade

One of these days, I’m going to spend a summer on an archaeological dig in the Middle East! I will also write a book, probably something about ancient history, social media and connecting the past to the present and future. I enjoy being creative and find an outlet through design, I’ve already designed 22 book covers for the book I’ve yet to write. I also want to build a family home to pass onto my son. Imagine walking up to Bilbo Baggins’ house and that is what my home will look like, green roof and all!

Starting in libraries, I always thought I’d end up in collection management or maybe as an ancient history subject librarian. But since discovering data visualisation and interpretation I’ve been a keen advocate of increasing my peers (and my own) data literacy.

Jade will continue her awesome work on the ALIA SNGG Twitter account in 2017.

Angela

Entering into the library and information profession has been a rewarding experience. I have recently become a Librarian in training with a coffee addiction having been accepted into University. It is interesting to see the current library trends and how information and libraries have kept up and gone forward with how information is delivered. Libraries can have a positive impact on the community, especially for young people.

Angela will be working with Jade on the ALIA SNGG Twitter account and will be contributing to the ALIA SNGG blog.

Maddy

I am a Harry Potter obsessed, unpractising zoologist who loves a good cat meme! Getting into the information profession has been eye opening  and I am very passionate about bringing libraries and librarians out into the open and showing the world what we are all about. Especially showing new, upcoming and potential information professionals how exciting the world of information and libraries can be. I am also passionate about sharing with the world the cuteness that is my cat, Aurora!

Maddy will be working on the ALIA SNGG Facebook Group and the upcoming ALIA SNGG Instagram account.

Bre

I’m a politics nerd, book addict and sleeping professional who has a bit of love/hate relationship with stability. I’m working on inserting myself into the library industry because I’m passionate about the role libraries play in the community.

Bre will be working on the ALIA SNGG blog and upcoming LinkedIn account.

Kylie

I am in my second semester of a Master of Information Science (Library and Information Practice) at QUT and I also work as a library adviser at QUT.  I’m interested in gamification, gaming in libraries and promoting social justice through libraries.  I’m also a keen gamer, Twine tinkerer, tea enthusiast and cat collector.

Kylie will be working on the ALIA SNGG blog.

Christine

I LOVE ancient history, ancient near east, to be precise. I had this wild idea of knocking over a Masters in Information Studies so I could work in an academic library to pursue this love… and then I fell in love with public libraries. So here I am reading stories, playing my ukulele and dancing around with toddlers and being paid for it. Not bad at all 🙂

Christine will be working on the ALIA SNGG Facebook Group and the upcoming Instagram account.

Irene

One of the best experiences I have ever had has been to do the harvest and follow the wine process in France for two seasons. Even if not strictly related to the library field, I later used those feelings and knowledge to plan a couple of projects for the library I was working at that time. Once again, I had experienced that every involvement enriches more than you think and especially for librarians is essential to be curious, active and to go beyond the shelves to support literacy without geographical or social limits.

Irene will be working on the ALIA SNGG Facebook Group.

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Q&A

To get to know the team a bit better, we asked them a few questions:

Q1: Where was your last holiday and/or where would you like to go next?

Angela: I would love to travel to Europe mostly to Italy, Croatia and Greece during the summer!

Bre: My last trip was to South America and Europe in 2014. The two months I spent in Peru during that time just wasn’t long enough, so I’m off there again in September!

Kylie: I would like to travel around the USA paying S.P.E.C.I.A.L attention to visiting some of the landmarks in the Fallout games … I really love Fallout.

Christine: My last few holidays have been to Israel. My husband takes tour groups each year, and I’ve also worked on a dig – a Crusader castle on the Mediterranean coast – it was an amazing experience.

Irene: I usually travel for personal researches rather than real (and relaxing) holidays, but if I have the chance, I love to discover new places with a backpack and acting like a local, wherever I am. My dream/goal would be to visit at least once in a life every continent on Earth: South America and…Antarctica are still missing!

Q2: Who would be your ideal dinner party guests and why?

Angela: Probably Emma Watson, Maggie Smith, J.K. Rowling and John Green I think they are very inspirational but also think the conversations would be interesting.

Bre: My ideal dinner party guests would be Julian Burnside, J.K. Rowling, Sam Harris, Colin Wright, Winnie Byanyima and James Hansen – these are the most awesome people in the world and I would give anything to be even slightly as cool as they are.

Kylie: I’d like to have dinner with time travelers from the future.  I want to know if humanity ends up colonising Mars or living in space stations, whether we figure out FTL travel, whether we’ve made contact with other far flung civilisations, what the average day job will be a few hundred years from now and what a space-faring society looks like.  I might read too much Sci Fi.  Extra points if they like buffalo wings as much as I do.

Christine: To be totally honest, I’m done with dinner parties! Give me a quiet corner at my local bar overlooking the ocean, at sunset, my hubby and a glass of merlot and I’m in heaven.

Irene: It would be interesting to have at the same table David Foster Wallace, Roger Federer, Stanley Kubrick and Freddie Mercury, to discuss about sport, music and the meaning of life. Meanwhile, I could prepare homemade gnocchi, tiramisù or a traditional pizza.

Q3: Who or what is your GLAMR inspiration and why?

Angela: Been currently inspired by American program Read Aloud Day highlighting the importance of literacy especially to children.

Bre: Libraries Without Borders! It’s about more than just books. Their efforts show how libraries facilitate community and social well-being, as well as contributing to peace building efforts. Education is so important!

Kylie: I have many!  Two that stick out for me are Hugh Rundle and Kim Tairi.  They’re both making a big impact on the GLAMR community by encouraging collaboration, learning and idea sharing.  They are incredibly motivated and creative, which I admire.

Christine: It would have to be author of The Atlas of New Librarianship, David Lankes. His work made such an impact on me at uni, and really opened my eyes to how influential and important libraries are to communities. It put a fire in my belly! And it was a real treat to hear him speak at the VALA conference last year!

Irene: Information professionals who passionately advocate for librarians’ critical role in nowadays society, using interdisciplinary approaches, are a great inspiration to me. I also appreciate the GLAM-Wiki project, as I believe in the necessity to share resources by collaborative communities.

The new ALIA SNGG social media team will be working hard to bring you even more amazing content in 2017.  Stay tuned!

Reflections on the State

Today was the last day of my three week student placement at The State Library of NSW. My heart is a little heavy because I know that three weeks is not nearly enough to absorb all that is contained within their vast collection. I left knowing it holds so much of this nation’s history, much of which will only be revealed in generations to come. There is comfort in knowing however, that a lifetime is not enough to learn everything within those walls – physically, and digitally – although some of the staff have certainly made a fine go at it.

In my three weeks I discovered the great wealth of information at your fingertips with a State Library membership card. I learned that anyone with identification of some kind can access this knowledge. I gleaned, most importantly, that anyone with or without a membership card can ask a question of the librarians who staff this great space and they will do their best to answer. In fact, if they can’t answer, it will frustrate them to no end.

I am looking for information on Cedar trees, do they taint water if they are planted near water tanks?

I’d like to find out more about my family. My great-great-grandfather was Chinese gold miner, can you help?

I am trying to ascertain the number of public and private hospitals in NSW, as well as their locations and size during the years 1914-1939, please help?

I was wondering if you can tell me – how old is the universe?

Question after question. If you are passionate about learning something new every day, then the library is the place for you.

I will probably not be alive when the thousands of tweets made during the Sydney Siege and stored in a digital repository are looked at as a snapshot in time, a glimpse into a world of fear and hate, but also solidarity without question and great hope and heart. Perhaps you do not realise there is someone collecting your content, someone who will not judge today, but who will keep it for those in the future to do so.

I hope I will be alive when the millions of pictures, sketches, diaries, manuscripts and other assorted ephemera contained within the stacks of the library are digitised and made accessible to the world, as so many already have been.

I hope I will be alive to see libraries revived, reimagined, revealed as the great repositories of information they are. After all, if content is king in this digital age, why don’t libraries rule?

Knowledge and learning is the antithesis to extremism, because the more you know, the more you come to realise you know so little. There is arrogance in extremism, there is humility in the acceptance of ignorance. It is not bliss, but there is a certain peace to it.

Libraries are certainly a reflection of this. They do not have the answer to everything, they just hope to be able to collect those things that may give us the capacity to interrogate the past and explore the potential of the future. To make information accessible to all, however old, from whichever land you come, no matter your story, or your past. To learn and discover. To educate, not to eradicate. As humans, we are unique in our desire to understand why we are here. As librarians, we are intent on giving you the means to find out. Embracing the technology and innovation that makes this knowledge more accessible to everyone is just one part of the story.

If only you knew. If only you knew what went on behind those doors. But that’s the thing, you can know. It’s a simple as walking through them.

By Amanda Gitzel

Amanda Gitzel is a Publicity Officer at Parramatta City Library, and is in her final semester of a Postgraduate Diploma in Information and Library Services from Curtin University. 

Wanted: 2 new NGAC committee members

It’s an exciting time for NGAC as we are currently calling for expressions of interest for two new committee members. Perhaps you are enthusiastic to make a contribution to your profession? If so, we want to hear from you. Firstly, though, there are a few important things to note:

1. NGAC members can be located anywhere in Australia. You don’t need to live in a capital city.

2. NGAC members don’t necessarily need to be working in a library. Perhaps you work in an archive, museum, gallery? Perhaps you work in records management? Or another related information-type position? We would love to hear from you!

There are lots of benefits to being a member of NGAC. It’s a fantastic opportunity to engage in professional development and grow your personal learning network. Together, we work on projects, as well as representing the views new grads and new generation professionals to the ALIA Board of Directors. For more information see our twitter account @aliangac or email our Chair, Wendy Davis at wldavis73@gmail.com